Storytelling

The New  York Times was able to build and release an app based on a popular modern love column by following a prototype from a previous web-based app  its team had created. Screenshot courtesy of RJI.
In the digital age, securing sources means more than keeping names confidential.
Innovation
by Larry Dailey

It was creepy. A noted journalist was in my office. I granted him permission to connect to the organization’s computer network. After that, he told me that he was going to connect to a “virtual private network.” I remember wondering what kind of Bob Woodward, James Bond or — er — Larry Flynt activities this […] more »

Global View
by Sonia Paul

It’s the old news adage that continues to dominate the priorities of American newsrooms: “If it bleeds, it leads.” Hard news and tragedies tend to dominate headlines, and we rarely see the other side of the coin — what happens after the fact? While niche news outlets like Upworthy and the Solutions Journalism Network have made producing […] more »

Innovation
by Aleszu Bajak

Laura Amico is editor of data and multimedia projects at the Boston Globe. In the newsroom she sits between graphics, photos, video, illustration and print, and helps coordinate those groups for cross-media projects. In 2010, she founded Homicide Watch, a site originally launched in Washington, D.C., and currently up-and-running in Boston, Trenton and Chicago that covers homicide from crime […] more »

Legacy Media
by Dr. Chester Elijah Branch

The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. So you are a film student or filmmaker and you’re interested in telling a story that will stay with your audience beyond the “fade out.” Let’s say you want a webisode to go viral. Or, a couple of years ago, you […] more »

Hyper-Local
by Reuben Stern

This week we find out why investors are bullish on online media startups, and we find out how the Philadelphia-based startup Billy Penn is producing local news coverage aimed at younger readers. PART 1: Why investors love media startups Digital media startups like Vice, BuzzFeed and Vox Media have grown quickly thanks to hundreds of […] more »

Education
by Kelly Fincham

Co-authored with Leigh Wright Social media are so tightly woven into journalism that many media organizations routinely now designate social media editors. The expanding field is also creating more job opportunities for journalism graduates, which in turn has created a demand for more social media instruction at journalism schools across the U.S. However, many journalism […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we learn about a platform for engaging with audiences via text messages, and we explore how to handle corrections to social media posts. PART 1: Groundsource A new platform called Groundsource seeks to help newsrooms interact with their communities outside the confines of smartphones and social media, instead relying on more basic text […] more »

Global View
by Reuben Stern

This week we explore how documentary video and interactive technologies can be combined to tell new kinds of immersive, in-depth stories online. PART 1: NPR’s “Planet Money Makes a T-shirt” This Emmy Award-winning project, created by NPR, raised more than half a million dollars via Kickstarter to travel the world and document how T-shirts are […] more »

MobileShift
by Reuben Stern

This week we learn how Vox Media combines content, technology and advertising to reach a mass audience via its seven digital brands, including The Verge, SB Nation and Vox.com. PART 1: Quality product As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Bankoff explains, a big component of Vox Media’s operation involves blending proprietary technology, a collaborative culture and an emphasis on […] more »


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